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Teacher Librarian Day - "Teacher Librarians and School Culture"

Monday, October 19th 2015
1pm - 6pm US-PDT / 4pm - 9pm US-EDT

This year, as a Library 2.015 pre-conference event for K-12 and Teacher Librarians (and anyone else who wants to join!), we're holding Teacher Librarian Day on Monday, October 19th. This is an open, online, and free event sponsored by The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers. Read more about the 2015 Teacher Librarian Day speakers below the schedule.

Teacher Librarian Day is free to attend. No registration is required to attend these sessions, but please consider registering at this site so we can keep you updated about upcoming events. The session links are given in the session listings below.

Webinar PlatformTeacher Librarian Day sessions are being held in Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate), and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices.  See mobile instructions here. Before you join a session:

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"Teacher Librarians and School Culture"
Schedule (US-Eastern Time - click on time links for international conversions) 

4:00 - 4:30 PM
Ross Todd - Opening Keynote
Recording Link:

4:30 - 5:00 PM  
Naomi Bates - "Building Reading Culture with Book Trailers."
On book trailers and how they impact student interest with reading and technology.
Recording Link:

5:00 - 5:45 PM 
Craig Seasholes leads a panel discussion on "Social Justice @Library"
With Barbara Stripling, Angela Hartman, Sue Doherty, Keisha Miller, Calypso Gilstrap, and the San Francisco team of Maureen Sullivan, Chalida Anusasananan, and Tara Ramos.

Recording Link:

6:00 - 6:45 PM 
Joyce Valenza, Michelle Luhtala, & Shannon Miller - “What It Means to Build a Reading Culture”
Recording Link:

7:00 - 7:30 PM  
Karen Bonanno - "TLs Driving School Culture as Thought Leaders." Exploring how librarians can identify and tap into their natural talents to make a difference in their school community. This may mean thinking outside the library, physically and virtually; and could show up in projects or programs they may be wanting to develop and implement in their school, e.g. digital citizenship, guided inquiry, edtech integration, makerspace zones, etc.
Recording Link:

7:30 - 8:00 PM
"Your Turn: What’s Next in the TL World?"
An Interactive Closing and Reflection with the Audience
(Looking Forward to AASL)
Recording Link:

8:00 - 9:00 PM
TLNewsnight (SCASL: South Carolina)


Naomi Bates
Teacher Librarian with a Twist of Technology

Naomi considers herself a teacher librarian with a twist of technology. She stays active through involvement with students, librarians, educators and administrators. She keynoted in South Africa for the School Librarians Conference in 2014 and travels throughout the country as a speaker for library advocacy and information technology. Her ultimate educational goal is to make the new 21st century library an idea and place that resonates with all current and future users. Naomi is active in the Texas Library Association having served as a leader in various capacities.

Karen Bonanno
Managing Director, Eduwebinar

Karen Bonanno literally lives online as an educator and consultant. She is involved in planning and hosting webinars that cover primary and secondary education with specific focus on innovative teaching and learning strategies and resourcing as it applies to curriculum design and delivery. Her work at Eduwebinar helps teachers and teacher librarians attain their hours of professional learning in a virtual, stress-free environment in the comfort of their home. This means you can connect in to a webinar and participate in relevant and thought provoking professional learning.

Sue Doherty

Sue Doherty has been a high school librarian in Massachusetts for ten years. She currently teaches at Brockton High School, which with its diverse student body of over 4000 is the largest comprehensive public high school east of the Mississippi. Prior to becoming a school librarian, Sue taught English both in Brockton and in alternative school settings in Boston and Atlanta. Sue serves on the board of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and her local union’s executive board and representative council. She’s also a member of the Massachusetts School Library Association, AASL, and YALSA.

Calypso Gilstrap
School Librarian at Norman High School and National Board Certified Teacher

Calypso Gilstrap has been a school librarian at Norman High School in Norman, OK going on seven years. Before becoming a school librarian, she was an English teacher for seven years at various high schools across the Oklahoma City metro area. Currently, she holds the office of Oklahoma Library Association president and is an instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma in the Library Media Education program. Her recent honors include achieving her National Board Teaching Certification in 2011, district Teacher the Year Finalist in 2013, and Hitachi Teacher Exchange recipient. Calypso has presented at local and state conferences, including OTA/Encyclomedia, the OLA Conference, Innovative Leadership Institute, iCon, SPLASH, GET FIT, and the Oklahoma Social Studies and Fine Arts Conference.

Angela Hartman
Librarian for Secondary Campuses, Hutto ISD

For the past 21 years, Angela has been a librarian in Hutto ISD, near Austin, Texas. Currently she is the lead librarian for HISD and the librarian for two middle schools and one high school and a member of the District School Support Services team. Angela teaches Information Literacy and research skills with various subject area teachers and collaborates with U.S. History, World History and English teachers to teach about the Holocaust. She has a B.S. in Education from the University of Texas in Austin and School Library Certification for grades Pre-K to 12. In 2013 she was one of ten high school librarians in Texas selected to attend the University of Texas Literacy Summit to look at ways in which high school and college librarians can prepare students for college level research. In 2015 she was awarded the Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award from the American Association of School Libraries and Penguin Random House for her collaboration with teachers to teach about the Holocaust and genocide. She has attended the Belfer Educators Conference at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Charlotte and Jacques Wolf Educators on Echoes and Reflections at the Anti-Defamation League NY Headquarters, and the History of WWII educator seminar at the National WWII Museum. She hosted a Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony with Holocaust survivor Max Glauben in which over 750 people attended.

Michelle Luhtala
New Canaan High School Library Department Chair

Born in Mexico. Childhood split equally between New York, NY, Paris, France and Menlo Park, CA. Undergrad at NYU. Started teaching in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in 1990. Challenging times in a challenging 'hood, but great kids. Forty + kids per class and no classroom - taught, science, social studies, English, special education with as many as six preps per day. In 1991 took a maternity leave and, after a bit, moved to Connecticut with husband to raise our daughter. Rebooted career in 1996 and took a job teaching social studies in a Bridgeport, CT middle school (Read Middle School - prophetic, no?) - 4 preps, class size cap of 30, my own classroom, and again, great kids. Enrolled in library science program at Southern Connecticut State University in 1999, and was offered a position as school librarian at New Canaan High School in 2001. Had doubts about leaving classroom, but once I started, I was smitten. Became department chairperson in 2004, just before embarking on a three- year building-wide renovation project that involved shifting and/or moving the library collection four times. Moved back into gloriously renovated NCHS library in 2007, spent the last few years experimenting with emerging technologies to improve student achievement and embed 21st century skills across disciplines. The 2009-2010 school-year was spectacularly rewarding (see kudos page). In June 2010, started facilitating a free online webinar series at called Using Emerging Technology to Improve Your School Library Program. Writing some. Having fun.

Keisha Miller
Teen Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator

Keisha began her career in libraries working as a library page. Now in her third year as a professional librarian, she is currently the Teen Librarian and Volunteer Coordinator at the South Orange Public Library in the quaint, but diverse community of South Orange, New Jersey located across the Hudson River, about 25 minutes outside of New York City. Keisha has reviewed books for the School Library Journal, and has written for the state library’s newsletter I Love NJ Libraries. She’s maintained a presence by staying active with Library Link NJ – a statewide cooperative, and New Jersey Library Association, for which she serves on the Young Adult, Diversity and Outreach as well as the Public Relations committees. Most recently, she was awarded the NJLA Rising Star award and featured in a story on diversity for USA Today in 2014. Keisha earned her Master’s in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute in NY and is just as passionate about literacy and outreach for communities, particularly those that are underserved, as she is about her dog, Maddy. From toddler storytime to Twitter (@ThatLibraryChic) if you ask Keisha what she thinks the library is, she’ll tell you that the library is the living room of the community.

Shannon Miller
Teacher Librarian + Technology Integration Specialist

Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She speaks and consults around the world on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others. Shannon was the district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School in Iowa for 8 years. She is currently an independent educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources and Cantata Learning. She is also the Skype Education Ambassador and part of the Best Keynote group. Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums. In 2011,Shannon was awarded the Connecting People Shorty Award and was chosen to be part of the SLJ New Leaders Program in 2012. In 2013,she was named one of the Faces of Innovation from Broadband for America; one of 50 featured in the 2013 Center for Digital Education Yearbook; and one of the featured Connected Educators with the Connected Educators projects partnered with the US Department of Education. In 2014,Shannon was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

Craig Seasholes
President-Elect WLMA

Craig Seasholes is the current AASL Region 8 director, linking school librarian associations in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Alaska. His "day job" is as an elementary school librarian in Seattle Washington where he serves a highly diverse student body with library and information technology instruction and services. He is also the current president-elect of WLMA and an occasional contributor to various professional journals.

Barbara Stripling
Senior Associate Dean and Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

Barbara Stripling is Senior Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. She was the 2013-2014 President of the American Library Association. Previously, in her 40-year library career, Stripling has been Director of Library Services for the New York City schools, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and director of library programs at a local education fund in New York City. She received her Doctorate in Information Management from Syracuse University in May 2011 and has written or edited numerous books and articles. Stripling is a former president of the American Association of School Librarians.

Maureen Sullivan, Chalida Anusasananan, and Tara Ramos

Maureen Sullivan is a teacher librarian at Fairmount Elementary School and has worked as Spanish bilingual educator in San Francisco Unified School district since 2000. She has been an organizer of the grassroots organization Teachers 4 Social Justice since its inception. She has two children, aged 4 and 7. She is currently working on her MLIS degree at San José State University. As a former ballerina, she loves dancing and yoga, and is planning a Thriller flash mob with her school community.

Chalida Anusasananan has been working as a teacher librarian at Everett Middle School for three years. She worked as a high school English teacher for 11 years before going into librarianship. Chalida is finishing her last semester of her MLIS at San José State University and is balancing motherhood, organizing for T4SJ and working full time. Chalida is an avid YA reader, frequenter of farmers' markets and city biker.

Tara Ramos has been involved with Teachers 4 Social Justice for 10 years, and she has been teaching in SFUSD as long. After the birth of her daughter two years ago, she made the transition from being a classroom teacher to a teacher librarian. She is currently pursuing her librarian credential at SJSU. Tara loves working with young children in the library, and she loves supporting teachers in implementing social justice curriculum in their classrooms.

Ross Todd
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Library and Information Science | Director, Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) | School of Communication & Information | Rutgers

Dr Ross J Todd is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, and Chair of the Department of Library and Information Science. He has responsibility for the school library specialization in the school's MLIS program. He is Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL), at Rutgers University. His scholarly work primarily focuses on understanding how children learn and build new knowledge from information; how school librarians and classroom teachers can more effectively empower student learning; and how the development of information and critical literacies through guided inquiry and constructivist learning approaches lead to deep knowledge and deep understanding.

Joyce Valenza
Lecturer, Rutgers University Library and Information Science

Joyce is an Assistant Professor and co-director of the MLIS program at Rutgers University School of Communication & Information. She has been a school, public and special librarian. For ten years, Joyce was the techlife@school columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Tag Team Tech column for VOYA. She is the author of several books for ALA Editions. Her NeverendingSearch Blog (on the SLJ website) won an Edublogs Award for 2005 and 2009. She was selected as a Technology and Learning 100@30 and was awarded an Edublogs Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Joyce is active in ALA, AASL, YALSA, and ISTE. Joyce earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas in August, 2007 and speaks nationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of educational technology. She considers herself a founder and mother of the school library Geek Tribe, #tlchat, and TL Virtual Café.

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